10JB – Developing a Community Gardening Intervention to Enhance Supportive Care among Metastatic Cancer Survivors

Status: Filled – James Perrigan
Intern: James Perrigan
Faculty Name: jennifer-bail-2
Primary Faculty Appointment: UAB
UAB/HA Department: UAH College of Nursing / UAB O’Neal CCC
Campus Address: UAH College of Nursing, NUR 419, 301 Sparkman Drive, Huntsville AL 35899
Telephone Number: (256) 777-5853
Email: jennifer.bail@uah.edu or Click to Send E-Mail
For how many summers have you served as a preceptor: 2
CCC Research Area: Cancer Control & Population Science
Number of hours per week that the preceptor will personally supervise or work with the intern: 10
Other faculty, staff, or graduate students who may help to supervise the intern:
Title of Project: 10JB – Developing a Community Gardening Intervention to Enhance Supportive Care among Metastatic Cancer Survivors
Project Description:

The proposed project addresses an understudied and much needed area of cancer research. Few intervention studies have been attempted among metastatic cancer survivors (MCS). Moreover, none have explored the use of vegetable gardening. Previous research has demonstrated the benefits of this approach among survivors of early-stage cancers. The goal of this project is to gather data, through interviews among MCS (n=15), Health Care Providers (n=15), and Master Gardeners (n=15), to inform the development of a community gardening intervention adapted for those living with metastatic cancer.

Project Status: Already up and running
Location of Project: Huntsville, AL (HudsonAlpha)
Proposed Start Date: May 3, 2021
Proposed End Date: August 27, 2021
Expected work schedule for intern: Flexible, intern can largely set his or her own schedule (as for students who are instructed how to proceed and are permitted to work independently with weekly guidance) and should contribute full-time effort.
Number of days that the student will be expected to come physically to UAB:
0 – project will be fully virtual except for the required in-person checkpoint visits
Category of Project: Community-Based or Field Research
Cancer topic: Diet and Nutrition, Palliative Care, Survivorship, Multiple Cancer Sites
Does this project involve human subjects: Yes
Does this project involve animal subjects: No

Analyze Qualitative Data: Qualitative analysis will be conducted via inductive thematic analysis using NVivo software following the step-by-step approach: 1) organizing and preparing data for analysis; 2) reading and getting familiar with the data; 3) coding the data; 4) synthesizing the codes to develop themes; 5) and interpreting the meaning of the themes. Weekly data review meetings will be conducted with the study team to examine the data analysis process, provide critical feedback on emerging codes, and reach consensus on principal themes to be used to inform the proposed Harvest for Hope intervention.


Analyze Quantitative Data: Descriptive statistics will be conducted using SPSS software to characterize the study sample and instrument (i.e., depression, anxiety, hope, social isolation, emotional support, fruit & vegetable intake) scores.


Write Manuscript Draft: A first draft of a manuscript will developed for publication

Preceptor will provide intern with access to the following: Supplies needed to complete project
Likelihood that intern will be included as an author on one or more publications related to this summer research project: Very likely
Areas in which the ideal candidates will have experience: NONE OF THE ABOVE (just the willingness to learn)